Mindfulness rules as Brits pursue calming hobbies

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A third of brits are focusing on their inner zen by taking up artistic hobbies, rather than playing traditional team-orientated sports, according to new research.

An American Express study has revealed that we’ll be pursuing serenity in our spare time, as artistic and home-based hobbies will be some of the most popular pastimes in 2019. According to the research, 34 per cent of Brits are taking up more mindful hobbies, while only 17 per cent are taking up team sports this year.

A move away from team-based camaraderie

In the league of hobbies for 2019, it’s artistic hobbies which came out on top. The likes of painting, drawing, creative writing and model building were all popular amongst those surveyed, whilst a quarter (24 per cent) of Brits are also turning to more traditional recreation such as cross-stitch, calligraphy and origami.

Top 5 Hobby Hit List for 2019

 

Hobby or sport

% of people taking up in 2019

1. Artistic pursuits (including drawing, painting and sculpture)

34%

2. Home-based hobbies (baking, cooking and gardening)

27%

3. Solo sports (including cycling and running)

27%

4. Traditional recreations (including calligraphy, knitting and origami)

24%

5. Performance pastimes (including acting, dancing and comedy)

22%

 

An answer given by a fifth (21 per cent) of respondents, the most common reason for taking up a new hobby is to achieve a better work/life balance. Spending quality time with others is another common reason for choosing a new pastime in 2019 and more than half (57 per cent) intend to start their new sport or hobby with someone else such as a friend or family member.

The survey also found that Brits are spending an average of £23.50 per month on their personal passion, equating to £3 billion a year across the UK as a whole.

Stephen Steinhardt, director at American Express, says: “Brits are leaning towards more mindful and relaxing hobbies this year, giving them time to take a step back from the stresses of everyday life.

“If you’re choosing to invest in yourself by joining a new class or group, take a moment to ensure that the money you spend on your new hobby works hard for you. Using a credit or charge card that gives you cashback or rewards means you can treat yourself later in the year too.”

Top tips for keeping up your hobby this year

To help you stick to your new-found hobby, American Express has offered its top tips to keep up with your pastimes.

1. Buddy up

Finding a friend who wants to start the same hobby as you will give the opportunity to spend more time with a loved one, as well as giving you both the motivation to keep up your new pastime throughout the year.

2. Join a club

Whether you want to get into running or reading, there’s usually a club you can join. You’ll find likeminded people who will help to keep you motivated throughout the year and you may meet a new group of friends.

3. Set goals

American Express research showed nearly one fifth (19 per cent) of people found setting themselves a clear goal helped them to keep past New Year’s resolutions. Set yourself monthly targets for what you would like to achieve, making sure these are realistic, so you don’t get disheartened when unachievable targets aren’t met.

4. Treat yourself

Reward yourself when you complete each of your set goals, with something that can help you along the way with your new hobby or sport, such as a new piece of kit. Having something to look forward to once you’ve reached each target will help to keep you driven.

5. Pay with points

If you’re investing in a new kit or equipment it makes sense to check if you can use any earned points on your rewards cards to minimise any big expenses upfront.